Friday, January 16, 2009

It's not too late to make a date for Valentine's Day - Check out these Chicago area restaurants

BIRCH RIVER GRILL – AN AMERICAN KITCHEN
75 W. Algonquin Rd.
Arlington Heights, Ill.
(847) 427-4242
http://www.birchrivergrill.com/


Couples can snuggle by the rustic fireplace for Valentine’s Day at Birch River Grill – An American Kitchen. On February 14, the restaurant offers a pre-fixe menu at $44.95 per person. Begin the romantic evening with Purple Endive and Delicate Greens Salad, with citrus supremes, toasted almond slices and ruby red grapefruit vinaigrette. Customers will enjoy an appetizer of Herb Crusted Tuna Loin with winter squash, caper relish and tarragon vinaigrette. Entrée selections include: the Duet of Petite Filet Mignon, with Boursin cheese butter and horseradish crust, purple potato crush, peppercorn bacon Brussels sprouts, or Wild Striped Bass with black beluga lentils, blood orange cream and wilted escarole. For dessert, indulge in the Manage et Trois Chocolate, a trio of chocolates, mousse of white, milk and dark chocolates and Grand Marnier genoise.

Birch River Grill’s Valentine’s Day dinner is available noon to 11 p.m. for $44.95 per person. Additionally, the regular menu is available. Birch River Grill – An American Kitchen is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week, from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday; 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday; and 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. The lounge stays open one hour later daily. All major credit cards are accepted. Complimentary parking is available. For reservations or more information, please contact Birch River Grill – An American Kitchen at (847) 427-4242 or visit them on the web at http://www.birchrivergrill.com/.


DINE
733 W. Madison St.
Chicago, Ill
(312) 602- 2100
http://www.dinerestaurant.com/

Valentine’s Day Spend a music-filled Valentine’s Day at Dine, featuring jazz guitarist Lee Barrie from 6:30 p.m. until 10 p.m. February 14. Barrie’s smooth jazz will serenade guests, while Dine offers a special Valentine’s Day menu Friday February 13, and Saturday February 14 in addition to its regular menu.

For starters, choose from Spice Rubbed Prime Tenderloin, Champagne vinaigrette, Brussels sprouts-horseradish salad ($11), or West Coast Evening Cove Oysters with a trio of caviars ($12). Enjoy Dine’s special Valentine’s Day soup, Oregon Pink Shrimp Bisque, with orange fennel relish and tempura shrimp ($7). Entrée selections include Grass Fed Strip Steak rubbed with Valrhona cocoa and New Mexico Chili Yukon potatoes ($28), or Pole Caught Virginia Striped Bass with grilled ramp, red Russian fingerling potato and a sweet pea emulsion ($27). Complement the dinner with featured wine pairings; either three wine selections for $9, or let Dine’s wine steward select the perfect bottle.

For the finale, choose between Dine’s signature heart-shaped Red Velvet Cake for Two with cream cheese frosting and pecan praline ($11), hand-dipped Chocolate Covered Strawberries for two ($9) or a sparkling glass of Champagne ($5).

Dine’s Valentine’s Day drink menu includes Bleeding Love, Stoli raspberry and vanilla topped with apple juice and chocolate covered raspberries, served in a chilled martini glass glazed with deep red raspberry flavored coloring ($12), Shoot the Cupid, a chilled shaken and stirred brew of Grey Goose L’Orange and Effen raspberry, finished with a bubbly mixture of sparkling grape juice and Champagne ($12) and Happily Ever After, a strong burning collage of Grey Goose pear and White Crème De Cacao, topped with a rich frothing of cream and coated with chocolate sprinkles ($12).


GLEN PRAIRIE
LOCAL FLAVOR FINE FOOD & DRINK

1250 Roosevelt Rd.
Glen Ellyn, Ill.
(630) 613-1250
http://www.glenprairie.com/

Valentine’s Day Menu A Valentine’s Day dinner of passion awaits at Glen Prairie Local Flavor Food & Drink. Glen Prairie’s pre-fixe menu is available February 13 and February 14 for $40 per person. For starters, couples will enjoy Cupid’s Salad of Love with baby greens, Mission figs, toasted pistachios, shaved red onion and balsamic vinaigrette; followed by the Cuddle with Me Soup with wild mushroom and fennel.

For the main course, choose from Will You Be My Valentine, lump crab stuffed Amish chicken Oscar, saffron hollandaise, gaufrette potatoes and grilled asparagus, or Love Me Tender, Iowa farmed bone-in filet mignon, truffle mashed potatoes, cognac cream sauce and braised carrots. End the night with It’s Orgasmic, flourless chocolate cake, vanilla bean gelato, or You Sweet Thing, strawberry, peaches and cream trifle.


KARMA – ASIAN FOOD & WINE
510 E. Route 83
Mundelein, Ill.
(847) 970-6900
http://www.karmachicago.com/

Valentine’s Day SpecialsSweethearts are in for a treat with Karma’s special Valentine’s Day menu. The romantic dining experience commences with Oysters on the half shell served with tempura asparagus and ponzu sauce ($10). Choose from three alluring entrées like the Fire Roasted Game Hen stuffed with shiitake mushrooms and forbidden rice with a pineapple tamari glaze ($28); Grilled Veal Chop atop a bed of baby bok choy and Napa cabbage plus an Asian pear demi glace ($38); Lobster Tail, Prawns and Scallops poached in a star anise and yuzu broth, with a scallion rice cake and baby vegetables ($45). Karma offers intimate endings for dessert including Desserts to Share, warm heart-shaped chocolate brownies with Tahitian vanilla ice cream and fresh berries, ganache and crème anglaise for dipping ($10), or the Dessert Sampler, Ginger Crème Brulee, Chocolate moelleux cake and coconut rice pudding ($12).

Karma offers two special Valentine’s Day cocktails, the Crimson Mimosa with blood orange puree and sparkling wine ($8), and the Strawberry Kiss with rum, strawberry liqueur and Godiva chocolate liqueur ($8).



Kinzie Chophouse
400 North Wells Street
Chicago, IL 60654
312.822.0191
http://www.kinziechophouse.com/


Come out of the cold to spend a cozy Valentine’s night
at Kinzie Chophouse and we’ll do the work for you!

Each couple dining with us Valentines weekend will receive a personal champagne toast and complimentary box of chocolates. Plus, opt in for our custom-tailored Valentine’s Day Menu available with wine pairings ($119.95 per couple) or without ($99.95 per couple). Champagne & chocolate valid only with an advanced reservation. Please mention the promotion when making your reservation. Available Friday, February 13th-Sunday, February 15th.

An authentic Chicago neighborhood restaurant, Kinzie Chophouse's warm classic interior is the perfect backdrop for any occasion — from a business lunch, a romantic dinner, friendly neighborhood gathering or an important celebration. An extensive menu, stellar wine list, and great service are woven together for an exceptional dining experience. From the first bite to the last sip, The Kinzie Chophouse sets the standard in great Chicago dining.

Visit http://www.kinziechophouse.com/ to make reservations, for more information, directions and to see our other promotions, including our special $20 Winter Delights 3-Course Prix Fixe Dinner Menu and "Under the Spring Tuscan Sun" Wine Dinner.

Zagat Excellence Award: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
Wine spectator Award: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
Wine Enthusiasts Award of Excellence:
2006 Chicago Magazine Bronze Award Winner
Chicago Preferred Business Award Winner by the Chicago Concierge Advisory Counsel

Monday – Thursdays: 11:00am – 10:00pm
Fridays: 11:00am – 11:00pm
Saturdays: 4:00pm – 11:00pm
Sundays: 4:00pm – 9:00pm



MAMBO GRILL
412 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60654
312.467.9797

Shake things up with your Valentine at Mambo Grill!

Enjoy the tunes of a live musician as you dine with us Valentine’s weekend, plus each couple will receive a personal champagne toast and complimentary box of chocolates. Champagne & chocolate valid only with an advanced reservation. Please mention the promotion when making your reservation. Available Friday, February 13th & Saturday, February 14th.

Walk through the doors of the charming Mambo Grill and experience a celebration of color, atmosphere and mouth watering pan-Latin cuisine. It is the spot where Latin America meets Chicago neighborhood, with authentic Latin flavors and the largest rum and tequila selection in the country. Like a work of art, the charming and cozy interior blends with dynamic flavor fusions for an unforgettable dining experience. Live life to the fullest and indulge yourself in this remarkable and unique Chicago culinary treasure.

Visit http://www.mambogrill.com/ to make reservations, for more information, directions and to see our other promotions, including our special $20 Winter Delights 3-Course Prix Fixe Dinner Menu available throughout January and February.

Plus! Mambo Grill is great for groups! Host your next business dinner, friends night out, bachelorette dinner or family gathering with us. Call Fannie at 312.329.9826.

Zagat Excellence Award: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
Best Mojito Spot: Metromix.com
"A sensational dance of flavors with Latin flair": CBS Channel 2 Chicago

Monday – Thursdays: 11:00am-10:00pm
Fridays: 11:00am – 11:00pm
Saturdays: 5:00pm-11:00pm
Sundays: Closed
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